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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: Sep 13, 2011 9:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sun Ra Doc.

Seen the Marshall Allen-led Arkestra many times, and they never disappoint live. He also made a great album with some more recent free-jazz heavyweights that's worth checking out:


Having just seen William Parker and Kidd Jordan play a stunning, cathartic Sunday morning concert, I've been cranking post Sun-ra emancipatory jazz for 48 hrs or so.

If you've never checked out Sun Ra's Disney covers, they're a hoot. He made a live record (bootleg quality sound, sadly) of all Disney tunes, which can be sampled here:


As well as a legendary studio recording of 'Pink Elephants on Parade':


Great stuff.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 13, 2011 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sun Ra Doc.

In 86'-87' he played a few shows of all Disney tunes at the just opened Knitting Factory in NYC,when first open the shows took place on the street level floor of the club which was tiny with the small stage right up against the storefront window,it was very humorous to watch the pedestrians stop and stare in at the troupe of wildly dressed people onstage screeching and honking their way through Wish Upon a Star.He revisited the Disney catalog from time to time so I was lucky to see him perform the songs a couple of times over the years.
I lost touch with the Arkestra after Sun Ra and John Gilmore's left this plane,it didn't feel the same for me without them.That's an impressive lineup for Marshal's album,especially the bass tandem of Parker and Silva.I read something about the Parker/Jordan pairing,it might have been at Parker's vision feastival, matchstickstatue,but heard nothing about the resultant performances.Jordan also recently played some shows with David Murray and the World Saxophone Quartet.

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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: Sep 13, 2011 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sun Ra Doc.

I saw Park/Jordan/Futterman/Fielder at the Guelph jazz Festival, which is sort of Canada's Vision fest (for continuity Parker and/or Drake, I think have played them all, or at least the decade I've been going). I think it was kind of a one-off (billed as the 'Creative Collective'), but given both the empathy of the performers and the impact of the date, Sunday's show was a top 5 lifetime show for me. It blew Parker and Paul Plimley (two days before) out of the water, and that was overwhelming enough. Anywho, I highly recommend a trip to Guelph for anyone close who loves the music. Certainly the greatest bang for buck one can get outside of NYC.

I stand jealous of your Sun Ra shows. Never made it to the old Knitting factory, or even Tonic. I've made the pilgrimage to the Stone, but seeing the man from Saturn in that window must have been earth-shattering.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 13, 2011 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sun Ra Doc.

Just lucky enough to live close to NYC at a time when things were happening matchstickstatue.I have seen all of the great free jazz artists who have performed since 81' on,and I have to say Sun Ra was as powerful a presence as I have seen on a stage .When he would saunter out,he seemed to almost glide to his keyboard set up.The cat was serious about his music,and created a vibe I have never felt from other musicians,if you locked in with him during a song you felt like he knew it,and eventually he would look you dead in the eye.It is a shame everyone did not get to feel the power of Sun Ra in person.
On the other hand,it's a great thing our northern neighbors have a world class jazz festival every year.Mr. Parker can have that effect on folks,just leave you shaking your head after a brilliant performance.